US Ambassador Nikki Haley lashed out at Hamas Thursday, saying that the terror group is using children as cannon fodder, following the elimination of dozens of Muslim terrorists during Hamas-sponsored riots along the security fence that separates Hamas-occupied Gaza and Israel.
Israeli forces have eliminated 41 Muslim terrorists, including two journalist-terrorists, since the violent riots began on March 30 near the Gaza-Israeli border fence.
“Anyone who truly cares about children in Gaza should insist that Hamas immediately stop using children as cannon fodder in its conflict with Israel,” Haley said at a UN Security Council meeting.
Most of the Gazans eliminated by Israel during the ongoing riots were shot by snipers on the border, while a few others were eliminated by Israeli artillery or air strikes after attempting to infiltrate into Israeli territory.
The IDF troops only open fire in self-defense or to stop rioters attempting to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel.
Haley denounced the use of civilians as human shields throughout the Middle East in her remarks to the council as it met to discuss the situation in the region and the violence in Gaza.
“It’s difficult to think of a more cowardly act — even for a terrorist — than hiding behind innocent civilians,” she said.